Easily one of my most favourite cities in the world, Edinburgh is full of magical stories and fascinating history. Even on a cold day, the warmth of the locals will take you by surprise. If I ever had to write a book, I would sit back in one of the cute cafes at the Royal Mile and pen down  my thoughts, that’s the next thing on my bucket list. No wonder the legend of Harry Potter was penned down in this historic city where J.K. Rowling decided to create magic with words.

If you’re here on a budget and have just a day or two to spend, here are somethings that you must do to get acquainted with the capital city of Scotland.

1] Ghost Walk or Haunted Walk 

Stay around the Royal Mile to make the most of Edinburgh. There are plenty of walking tours that happen at the Royal Mile including the night walk or the Ghost walk. The Free Ghost Tour starts every night at 5 PM, 7 PM & 9 PM at The Royal Mile. The guide will walk you around into alleyways, haunted buildings, the graveyard and abandoned lands and share ghostly tales and sinister stories that will transport you back to the terrifying past of old Edinburgh.

Price: Free

2] Historical Guided Walking Tour 

Another free walking tour where the guide takes you around and acquaints you with the history of the beautiful Edinburgh. So many stories, so many beautiful creations and so much culture. Be prepared to get amazed with stories like Maggie Dickinson’s magical life to Bobby the dogs miracle!  Edinburgh is truly a land of miracle tales!

Price: Free

3] The Elephant House or the Harry Potter Cafe

Talking about magic, Edinburgh without a doubt, is an inspiration for many authors and poets. The most popular one being J.K. Rowling. Yes, you heard that right, J.K. Rowling penned down her first part of the Harry Potter series right here in Edinburgh and apparently The Elephant House was where she put her thoughts together over several cups of coffee. So when in Edinburgh, you definitely need to make a pitstop here to enjoy a few snacks alongwith some fabulous coffee.

Price: £7 for a pizza

4] Edinburgh Pub Crawl

Every night is a party night in this city. Meet people from all parts of the world in the guided Pub Crawl. Walk on the wild side through various back streets to find the best kept pub secrets. Drink up at every pub and shake a leg to the cultural music. Definitely a must-do when here!

Price: £7 – £9 (inclusive of a free drink at every pub)

5] Drink Some Real Whisky 

Ask any Scottish on the streets of Scotland and they will share every minute detail of their favourite spirit, Whisky. “We spell it without the “E” because E stands for English and we are Scottish!”, said one gentleman to us. “Bourbon is not whisky!” said another. Whether you’re a novice whisky drinker or a malt aficionado, there are some great places to buy whisky in Edinburgh. You can check details here: Where to buy whisky in Edinburgh

P.S.: Don’t miss out on the fabulous road shows that happen at the Royal Mile all through the day! 

I would love to hear your views in the comments below. If you have any questions, you can write to me on chandnitolani@gmail.com

This post is originally published on The World of a Wishful Wanderer

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